Unique Experiences:
 Experience authentic Thai culture with a homestay in the Karen village of Palatha, where you'll learn about local customs and enjoy traditional meals prepared by your host family.
Participate in a unique and sustainable elephant encounter in the jungle, guided by the Mahout Elephant Foundation, emphasizing respectful wildlife observation.
Trek through the lush forests of Umphang, swim in the refreshing waters of Southeast Asia's largest waterfall, Thi Lor Su, and cliff jump for an exhilarating experience.
Engage in a hands-on weaving demonstration at the village’s handicraft center and have the opportunity to create or purchase unique, locally-made souvenirs.
Embrace the wilderness with an overnight camping experience in Umphang National Park, complete with tents, campfire-cooked meals, and the tranquil backdrop of the Ko Tha waterfall.
Trip Length: 5 Days
Request up to 2 travelers may book this trip. This trip departs with a maximum of 16 travelers per departure. This is a private experience.
Physical Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Meals: 4  Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Accommodations: 1 Day Room at Nakorn Mae Sot Apartment in a Twin or Double Room, 2 Nights at Palatha Village in a Homestay, 1 Night at Umphang National Park in a Tent, 1 Night at Nakorn Mae Sot Apartment in a Twin or Double Room
Transportation: Mae Sot Bus station to Nakorn Mae Sot Apartment by Songthaew, Mae Sot to Umphang by Songthaew, Umphang to Mae Sot by Songthaew, Nakorn Mae Sot to Mae Sot Bus Station by Songhtaew.
Miscellaneous:  English-Speaking Station Guide (Mae Sot to Mae Sot), Umphang National Park Entrance Fee
Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
Tips and Gratuities
Compulsory and Peak Season Surcharges
Other meals and transportation other than mentioned in the program
Flight ticket or Bus ticket from/to Mae Sot
Age Policy: Adults: 12 to 99 years of age
Children: 10 to 11 years of age
Infants: Prohibited
Child Policy:
 We do not allow children below 10 years of age. Regardless of age, please carefully consider if your child is fit for trekking in the jungle. We cannot guarantee that the guide or the group can accommodate special needs. 


Special Information:
Please note that this tour is not available during the rainy Season  (June to August), swimming at the waterfall may not always be possible for safety reasons.



Day 1: Mae Sot to Umphang 
Welcome to Mae Sot, a charming town in Thailand's Tak Province. Located on the banks of the Moei River, this town is often referred to as the "Gateway to Myanmar," owing to its border with the neighboring country. Your English-speaking guide will greet you at the Mae Sot Bus Station. From there, you will proceed by local transportation to the Nakhon Mae Sot Apartment, which marks the beginning of your adventure. A light breakfast will be served at the hotel's restaurant, and afterwards, you'll set off on your journey to Umphang. About half-way on your five-hour drive, you’ll stop at a quaint family-run service area to stretch your legs and eat your packed lunch. If you’re still hungry, there are some small shops here where you can buy refreshments. 

As you approach the end of your journey on this seemingly endless and curvy road across the mountains, you’ll roll into Umphang town for a rest. We’ll stop at one of our favourite places to drink a delicious local coffee or free-squeezed juice (we recommend the passion fruit juice) and also suggest visiting the nearby shop that sells locally-produced products from the surrounding villages. We’ll hop back on the songthaew for one last (and very short) trip to reach our destination, the Karen village of Palatha. 

The Karen people are an ethnic group that live mostly in the mountainous border provinces in Myanmar and Thailand. When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by your host family and learn about the Karen community and their culture. Each host family will accommodate a small group, and they will prepare a simple but delicious local dinner for you. Please be aware that your homestay’s bathroom facilities may be more basic than you are accustomed to using. 

Meals: Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Transportation: Mae Sot to Palatha by Songtheaw 
Accommodation: Nakorn Mae Sot Apartment  in Twin or Double Room, Palatha Village in a Homestay 

Miscellaneous: English-Speaking Station Guide 

Day 2: Umphang 
Wake up and enjoy a simple breakfast prepared by your host family and then depart into the jungle to begin your search for Thailand’s most iconic and animal: the Asian elephant. Go Beyond has partnered with the Mahout Elephant Foundation to support the foundation’s mission of relocating elephants back into their natural habitat so you can observe these gentle giants in a safe, sustainable, and respectful way. You’ll trek through the forest and along the river for a few hours alongside the foundation’s mahouts, or elephant caretakers, who will teach you how they track their herd so they can care for them while also respecting their environment. 

Depending on where you find the elephants on the day you visit them, you’ll either have lunch at a waterfall or deeper in the forest. Your lunch will be a rice cake wrapped in a banana leaf, chicken, and boiled eggs. The mahouts will build a fire to boil some water to make you coffee or tea served in bamboo cups (that you’re welcome to keep as a souvenir!). 

After lunch you’ll trek back to Palatha (around 2 hours depending on where you met the elephants) and have some free time to shower before meeting at the village’s handicraft center to experience a live weaving demonstration and learn how the Karen make their handicrafts. If you want, try to weave something yourself or buy a handicraft as a souvenir from the village shop instead! You’ll have some time after the weaving demonstration to walk around and we suggest visiting the village’s coffee shop before heading back to your homestay for dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Palatha Village in a Homestay 

Day 3: Umphang 
Wake up and enjoy your host’s home cooking as you await your songthaew to take you to today’s adventure. You’ll be able to leave your luggage at your homestay and we’ll provide you with an overnight bag to pack what you need for tonight’s camping underneath the stars in Umphang National Park. Our songthaew will take us to the river where we’ll board our rafts and start our descent into the forest for a breathtaking experience to appreciate the unspoiled natural beauty of Umphang. When we moor our rafts, our songthaew will be waiting for us to take us to Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall: Thi Lor Su. Before heading down to the waterfall, we’ll eat lunch and then spend a couple hours taking a refreshing swim and, if the water level permits, cliff jump from the top of the waterfall! So don’t forget to pack a towel and a swimsuit in your overnight bag!  

From Thi Lor Su, we’ll trek through the forest for a few hours to reach our campsite before sunset and set up camp next to pristine Ko Tha waterfall. Your guides will help you set up your tents and cook your dinner over a roaring fire. Remember facilities out in the wild are very basic, so we suggest taking advantage of the nearby waterfall to wash up!  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Umphang National Park in a Tent (up to 3 people per tent) 

Day 4: Umphang to Mae Sot 
Wake up to the sounds of nature and breakfast at the campsite before trekking a few hours through dense forest to return to Palatha village. You’ll arrive just before lunch so you can take a shower and freshen up, have a quick lunch, pick-up your luggage, and then hop on the songthaew for the long (and curvy) road back to Mae Sot. 

Upon arrival in Mae Sot, you’ll enjoy a nice dinner at a local restaurant and then return to the same hotel you stayed at when you first arrived in Mae Sot. Get some rest as you’ll need to wake up early tomorrow! 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Transportation: Umphang to Mae Sot by Songtheaw 
Accommodation: Nakorn Mae Sot Apartment in a Twin or Double Room 

Day 5: Mae Sot 
In the morning, you’ll be picked up in a songtheaw and driven to the Mae Sot Bus Station. Please note that breakfast is not included today, so we recommend buying some snacks the day before. From here, connect to your next adventure!  
Transportation: Nakorn Mae Sot Apartment to Mae Sot Bus Station by Songthaew 

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